Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – March 7th, 2014


Whitefish action continues to stay hot throughout most of the peninsula. Some of the most consistent areas continue to be the Sugar Creek area north to Henderson’s Point, the deep water off of Riley’s Bay, Larson’s Reef and most of the rocky shoreline and offshore structure from the Old Stone Quarry north to Sister Bay – those areas are producing very nice catches and some very big whitefish, too. The biggest fish brought in was a whopper 5.13-pounder, with many other 4-pounders being weighed in weekly. A wide variety of jigs tipped with wax worms, spikes, minnow pieces and Gulp-style baits have been the best combinations. Perch fishing is still slow. One of the main reasons the reports are lacking a bit is because the amount of snow on the ice, which has made it quite tough for fishermen to get out and scout different areas. With that said, the fishermen who are able to get out to some deeper water off of Henderson’s Point, Larson’s Reef and the Chaudoir’s Dock, and be mobile while out there, have found some nice catches of perch. And with the recent rain, it has knocked down the amount of snow on the ice and settled it a bit, which will make mobility easier and we should see some nice catches perch the next couple of weeks. Walleye fishing has been very consistent – not huge numbers, but consistent action, just like normal walleye fishing. The action should heat up as March matures. The best bite has been coming in the early morning hours and the last few hours in the evening.  The biggest walleye weighed in so far was just over 10 pounds. Pike fishing is getting better and better as we move closer to spring. This past weekend, the top three fish were over 17 pounds, with the biggest fish weighing just over 191⁄2 pounds. The better areas have been Little Sturgeon, Riley’s Bay, the Sturgeon Bay ship canal, the Flats in Sturgeon Bay and a few of the harbors to the north like Egg Harbor and Ephraim. Golden shiners under tip-ups have been the best method. Brown trout action is going OK. Trout fishermen concentrate in the northern part of the peninsula, basically from the Little Harbor north to Sister Bay. The best method is usually running a large tip-up spread around the harbors and shoreline drop-offs. Use lake shiners and golden shiners.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934
Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.


In Brown County, Voyageur Park was busy as walleye, perch and whitefish anglers fished their favorite spots. Jigging spoons and Rapalas fished in 9 to 12 feet of water produced fish. Perch anglers at Long Tail reported a few nice fish on minnows and jigs in 8 to 10 feet of water. Some perch were caught at Duck Creek upstream from the highway bridge and perch fishing was slow at Sunset Beach.
In Shawano County, the weather still seems to be the main obstacle for outdoor enthusiasts. Deep snow and drifts have made travelling out on area waters a bit more challenging. Ice shack removal was very problematic for anglers. But fishing has not been that great anyway.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600


The area has 30 inches of ice, forcing anglers to go to auger extensions, but very few guys are fishing. Some guys are catching a few fish, but you have to be prepared. Any kind of warm-up should improve the fishing. All anglers are using portables now to stay warm because permanent shanties had to be off by March 1.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552


Crappies are being caught on Little Lake Butte des Morts near Strobe Island. Access is gained using the walking path provided by the Wild Ones Nature Center – the trail is located at the south end of the parking lot. The nature center does not permit ATV or snowmobile access.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311


It has been very cold and it is tough to get around. There is a lot of snow, and only one place to get onto the Petenwell Flowage right now – and that’s with a snowmobile, not trucks. We need warmer weather to melt some of this snow.
Sunrise Bait, (715) 886-5440.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.

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